Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Human Sexuality


This course meets the California pre-licensure requirement for Human Sexuality (10 clock hours) for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs.

Course Description: This human sexuality course achieves a sound balance between facts and understanding, giving participants the information they need to help others make responsible decisions and feel comfortable about themselves while learning about sexuality. The chapter topics discuss hormones and sexuality, similarities and differences in our sexual responses, sexually transmitted and sexually related diseases, birth control, pregnancy and childbirth, communicating about sex, gender identity and gender roles, sexual orientation, love and relationships, sexual problems and therapy, sexual victimization, and sex and the law.

Course outline:

  • Our sexual and reproductive anatomy
  • Hormones and sexuality
  • Similarities and differences in our sexual responses
  • Sexually transmitted infections and sexually related diseases
  • Birth control
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Becoming a woman/becoming a man: Gender identity and gender roles
  • Sexual orientation
  • Life-span sexual development
  • Adult sexual behaviors and attitudes
  • Love and relationships
  • Sexual problems and therapy
  • Paraphilias and sexual variants
  • Sexual victimization: Rape, coercion, harassment, and abuse of children
  • Selling sex: Social and legal issues

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the sexual and reproductive anatomy of females and males and the relationship between hormones and sexuality
  • Describe the similarities and differences in sexual responses among females and malesDescribe the causes, symptoms, and treatments for sexually transmitted infections
  • Compare the various methods of birth control and their effectiveness and the processes underlying pregnancy and childbirth
  • Describe the various factors that impact gender identity and gender roles, define sexual orientation, and describe differences in sexual orientation
  • Describe sexual development across the life-span
  • Describe adult sexual behaviors and attitudes and various factors that impact love and relationships
  • Describe different sources of sexual problems and types of treatment, and paraphilias and sexual variants
  • Describe the scope of sexual victimization, including rape, coercion, harassment, and abuse of children

Course Components:

  • Textbook (NOT included, must be purchased separately by participant)
    - Required textbook: Bruce M. King and Pamela C. Regan. (2014). Human Sexuality Today (8th ed.). Pearson.
    - Available at Amazon and other sources
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

We allow you to obtain the textbook on your own to afford you greater flexibility. You can borrow from the library or a friend, or purchase a new or used copy for yourself or with a group of friends.

Course Credit(s): 10 CE Credits or Hours

Course Format: Book-Based (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Bruce M. King, PhD, and Pamela C. Regan, PhD

Content Publisher(s): Pearson

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. King received a biopsychology from the University of Chicago in 1978. He taught for 29 years at the University of New Orleans and is presently chair of the Department of Psychology at Clemson University. He is a Fellow in the Association for Psychological Science, American Psychological Association, and the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society.

Dr. Regan is Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. She received her PhD in psychology from the University of Minnesota. She has published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and reviews (and has given over 75 professional presentations) on the dynamics of sex, love, and human mating, and she is the author of Close Relationships (Routledge, 2011), and the co-author (with Ellen Berscheid) of The Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships (Pearson, 2005) and Lust: What We Know About Human Sexual Desire (Sage, 1999).

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2018-5/2/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 10 clinical continuing education clock hours.

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